Circular Design Principles in Architecture

Circular Design Principles in Architecture


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Applying closed-loop, circular design principles to the built environment.

Join students from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment for a week long delve into closed-loop design in the build environment, looking at sustainable design principles and practices. Gain an understanding of key codes and standards, eco design philosophies, and environmental, social and economic impacts of building and the construction process.

Key information

  • Duration: five days
  • Upcoming date: Monday 12th – Friday 16th April 2021
  • Start and finish times: starts at 11.00am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: waged £750; low waged/concession £700
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: waterproof clothing is recommended
  • Terms and Conditions:

What you will learn

During the week you will gain an understanding of sustainable design principles within the whole building project life cycle. This will include looking at sustainable building practices, their historical development, current discourse and trends.

You will build a sound appreciation of codes and standards, and responsibilities and ethics for the built environment, and assess their implications for sustainable building.

By the end of the week you will be able to critically evaluate circular design principles for building with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation.

Topics covered include:

Sustainable design principles: green material sourcing and supply chains, sustainable construction, building retrofit and adaptation, design for deconstruction/disassembly and material re-use strategies, ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’

  • Environmental, social and economic impacts of buildings and the construction process, their monitoring and evaluation
  • Eco-design philosophies and logics (for example, low-impact development, biomimicry etc.)
  • Building project management tools and methods (for example, the RIBA Plan of Works etc.)
  • Technical aspects of planning from drawings (at the scale of an individual building or small group of buildings)
  • Regulatory and legal arrangements and requirements for sustainable building construction (for example, Building Regulations, CDM, relevant environmental protection legislation, procurement routes etc.)
  • Sustainable building voluntary codes and standards (which could include BREEAM, LEED, AECB, Passivhaus, Living Building Challenge, Soft Landings etc.)
  • The design and construction management team (including, for example, professional disciplines, roles and responsibilities, contractual arrangements, codes of conduct and ethics)

Meet your tutors

You will be taught by a range of expert lecturers and guest lecturers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.

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